Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 29, 2013

Whom Do We Choose

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Acts 27:23. For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve came to me

What a beautiful statement from the apostle, Paul. He stated he belonged to God and served God. In this world we are consumed with being “our own man.” We strive for independence and self-satisfaction. We regard life as being about “me, me, me.” We make vows to God and our churches saying we will support our churches with our prayers, our service and our giving, but don’t consistently follow through. We do just enough to be able to say we did. Jesus gave His all for us. We did nothing to deserve it. We can do nothing to earn it. Jesus did it out of obedience to the Father and love for us. Our question is how can we hold back? We either love Him enough to give Him our all or we choose to place ourselves first. To s whom do we belong and who do we choose to serve?

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April 16, 2013

Total Welcome

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1 Corinthians 15:6. Then he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.

Paul was not a disciple when Jesus walked this earth.  In fact he was a persecuted of the believers.  Yet, after his experience on the Emmaus road the believers evidently testified to Paul of the appearances of Jesus after His resurrection and before His ascension.  Their testimony was enough for Paul to write about it as a fact.  It must have been difficult for those believers to testify to Paul, a well-known and dangerous enemy of the past.  They had to have forgiven him the past persecutions before he came to know and believe in Jesus for himself.  Sometimes we have trouble accepting a new believer; especially if we know their past.  Out question is since God forgives them and welcomes them into His family, who are we to do less?  Let us take greater effort to accept and love those who enter the new life in Christ.

July 20, 2012

Peace

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Galatians 1:3-4 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age according to the will of our God and Father,

This is a common greeting in Paul’s letters.  Grace and peace are both something we all want.  Many seek after them by their own means but cannot find complete and lasting grace or peace.  Peace can only come through God Who is the creator of peace and only comes to us through God’s grace.  His grace came to us when His only Son came into our world in the same manner in which we live to demonstrate God’s grace and peace.  Paul’s greeting is a prayer for each one of us to come under God’s grace through Jesus and experience His deep, everlasting peace.  This peace is the measurement of our walk with God.  As sinful creations we tend to slip in and out of peace.  This is from our choices to look elsewhere and away from God.  When we find peace is absent we need to confess our diversion to God and ask Him to fill us anew with His Holy Spirit Which empowers us to keep our focus on God.  As with everything we think, do or say, the choice is ours.  Our question is where do we want our focus.

January 19, 2012

Vision

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Ephesians 1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Paul’s prayer is that the eyes of our hearts are enlightened. He states his reason for wanting that is for us to know the hope (the close relationship with God) that God has called us. God has called us to avail ourselves of the riches of inheritances we have through His Son, Jesus. How do we do this? First we must be believers and followers of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son. When we accept Jesus into our lives we receive His gift of His Holy Spirit. We need to be open to learn to use this gift. We learn to use this gift by studying and immersing ourselves in the written Word of God, the Holy Bible. As we learn more about God and learn to apply His principles to our lives our vision improves. As our vision improves we will see more and more of the glorious inheritance available to us through the grace of God. Our question is where are our eyes looking? Do we focus on God and His principles or do we focus on the world and culture around us? The choice is ours.

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